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Jesus Wants Followers

He pulled me aside today.  Vertigo grounded me. I accepted the opportunity to stop, but it took awhile for me to catch on. Rolling, rolling, rolling to a stop.

There were no passionate prayers; no strategic planning sessions with God; no deep theological considerations; no wondering about where to go next … just being.

When life gets that quiet, things get real simple.

Today, I was reminded of my purpose as a follower of Jesus. It’s to follow.  He wants followers. He doesn’t want robots, He wants followers. And since “following” is a consistent urging in the Bible (Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23), it is safe to assume that Jesus is still leading.  And since He is leading, then our primary activity is to follow. “Follow Me” that’s what He said and is still saying to His disciples today. Pretty simple. Yet, costly.

In pursuit.

 

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Consider the Ant

It came to me this morning.  The words, “…consider the ant, you sluggard!”

Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler,
Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest.
How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep—
11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, And your need like an armed man. (Proverbs 6:6-11, NKJV)

My great grandparents worked hard during the Great Depression.  They labored in the sweltering Oklahoma heat, in corn and wheat fields, from sun up to sun down. They sure lived according to the ant by God’s grace.

The inspiration is fresh in my mind.  Considering … choosing … going with the Captive of our soul.  Work like an ant!

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For several days the words, “Though the fig tree should not blossom…” kept coming to mind. Driving across town, “Though the fig tree should not blossom…” My first thoughts in the morning, “Though the fig tree should not blossom…” While walking in the tree grove near the hillside, “Though the fig tree should not blossom…”

The words brought comfort and assurance. It was the word though that landed so softly on my heart. Even though the reliability of spring would fail and the tree bring no blossom for fruit, yet… When all we rely upon should falter or fail, yet…

God remains. Nothing in Him will ever change. We can be certain of Him, forever.

Habakkuk 3:17-19

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
18 Yet I will exult in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.

For the choir director, on my stringed instruments.

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